Humanities Center

Works-In-Progress Series

Asa Mittman, “From Local to Global: Maps and Mapmaking during the Middle Ages.”

Friday, March 1st

12:00 PM, Humanities Center, PAC 113

Middle Ages wall painting with king holding gold sphere 

Asa Simon Mittman (Professor of Art & Art History), is author of Maps and Monsters in Medieval England (2006), co-author of Inconceivable Beasts: The Wonders of the East in the Beowulf Manuscript (2013), and author and co-author of dozens of articles on monstrosity and marginality in the Middle Ages, including pieces on race and anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages. His book manuscript, Cartographies of Exclusion: Anti-Semitic Mapping in Medieval England is in press with Penn State University Press, forthcoming later this year, and his collaborative From Local to Global: Maps and Mapmaking during the Middle Ages is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

2023-2024 Theme: Water

Water is at once both simple and complex.  A vital life element, essential to any species’ survival, water is threatened by human activity. Water is at the heart of politics and culture, news and information, science, and technology. We seek it; we fight over it; we yearn for it. It is an eternal inspiration for writers and artists. Whether it is drought or receding glaciers, atmospheric rivers or massive flooding, water is everywhere.

The Humanities Center is the interdisciplinary heart of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Our purpose is to create and nurture a culture of ideas at Chico State and to engage our diverse intellectual community through public events.  During the 2023-24 year, the Humanities Center will host a series of lectures and films exploring our human relationships with water. 

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